Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami has signed the fourth supplementary emergency proclamation on August 25, 2020, for the County of Kaua‘i, in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Mayor’s proclamation was issued in coordination with the Governor’s Office and fellow counties.

The Mayor’s fourth supplementary emergency proclamation authorizes the County of Kaua‘i to take immediate action to mitigate the potential impacts of COVID-19. It allows the County to be proactive in establishing a plan for officials to mobilize resources if and when needed.

The disaster emergency relief period shall continue until terminated 60 days after August 25, 2020, or by a separate proclamation – whichever comes first.

To view a copy of the emergency proclamation, visit the County of Kaua‘i’s website at

For more information and to sign up for daily updates from the State Department of Health relating to current COVID-19 information, visit


Concerns About Increasing Activity on Maui & Hawai‘i Island

While there are indications that infections in Honolulu are beginning to stabilize and even decrease slightly, health officials are expressing concerns about growing activity on Maui and Hawai‘i island.

Hawai‘i island has 23 new cases today for a cumulative total of 243 since the start of the pandemic.

Maui has eight (8) additional cases for a cumulative total of 311.

Most of the newly reported cases are reported on O‘ahu with 245 today for a cumulative total of 6,626.

Hawai‘i’s coronavirus death toll reached 51 today, with the Dept. of Health reporting two additional deaths. Both are O‘ahu men who were in the hospital and had underlying health conditions. One of the men was in the 50 to 59-year-old age group, and the other was in the 60 to 69-year-old group.

Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson extended statewide condolences to the family and friends of the latest people to pass from COVID-19. “The tragic loss of our loved ones and our neighbors is devastating and sadly, more deaths are expected as our case numbers continue to be high. We can work together to reduce hospitalizations and deaths by consistently practicing the 3W’s (wash your hands, watch your distance, wear your mask), and abiding by all State and County restrictions currently in place. We all can do our part to get the infection rate across Hawai‘i back under control,” he said.

Commenting on the increasing activity on the two Neighbor Islands, State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said, “Along with our county partners, we are closely monitoring these trends. We have concerns that ongoing gatherings, especially with inconsistent mask use or distancing, are contributing.” On Hawai‘i island two recent large gatherings are of particular concern: a beach gathering and a large funeral. Social media videos from the funeral showed people not physically distancing or wearing masks. More than 500 tests have been reportedly administered to people who attended the funeral with additional testing planned.

Clusters on Maui include cases at an assisted living facility and new cases associated with a hospital.

Today, is the first day of “surge testing” on O‘ahu where federal, state and county partners hope to test 5,000 people each day over the next 12 days.

This testing is free of charge and pain free as U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams and Lt. Gov. Dr. Josh Green demonstrate in this video:

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The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) notifies the public of the following in consideration of the Second Stay at Home / Work from Home order in place for Oahu Aug. 27 though Sept. 9, 2020.

• Special use lanes such as the Zipperlane and other contraflows will operate normally.

• In person driver’s education (i.e., in person classroom and

behind the wheel instruction) is suspended.

• City driver’s licensing services are suspended. The Sept. 30

extension for driver’s licenses and instructional permits with an

expiration date falling within the emergency period remains valid.

• Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspections (safety checks) will be allowed to continue.

• Extended hours for roadwork will be approved for:

o HART work on Nimitz Highway by Sand Island Access Road between River Street and Richards Street, at the Valkenburg Street intersection, and between Elliot Street and Aolele Street. o HART work on Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City and Aiea

o HART work in the vicinity of Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam

HDOT Highways offices remain closed to the public.

Those needing to do business with HDOT Highways are encouraged to review the webpage

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